NINETEENTH TALK 39l On the other hand there is a danger in the case of those who depend entirely upon their own inner illumination of self-deception. If they see a certain ceremony performed and certain definite force going out, and they are there and receive a part of the force, they may easily imagine that they can obtain these illuminations entirely by themselves. There are dangers along all lines. All the lines have their places and their use, but just exactly as that controversy goes on between the two sections of the Christians, so in other religions, in other parts of the world, there are the various aspects which a religion may take. Each of them appears the only one to its enthusiastic devotees, and in many cases all the others are looked upon as superstitions. Certainly the Protestant looks upon the Catholics as supersti- tious persons who worship idols. It is exceedingly probable that no human being ever did worship idols, not even savages. I know very well the missionaries think of the Indians as idolaters, but if you were to ask a small coolie boy whether the image to which he is making his offering is the God, he would say at once ct No, it is not the God." God is one, God is far away behind it all, but that is an image to remind you of Him. So you can hardly call that the worship of idols, but it suits the missionaries to say that it is so. No ceremony is necessary, and yet these ceremonies have their use, and on the whole there are more people who will be benefited by them than injured.